The theatre command, Operation Lafiya Dole has revealed that troops deployed in Operational Forward Base in Gajiram have successfully repelled Boko Haram invasion of the operational area in northern Borno, northeast Nigeria, like reported by dailypost.ng.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Colonel, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE said, the troops have fiercely countered a group of Boko Haram terrorists who made frantic attempt to infiltrate Gajiram community on Tuesday, 15 January 2019.
“The terrorists, wanting to take advantage of the cover of darkness to attack the town, were met with a prompt response of the vigilant troops who fiercely engaged them in combat, killing several and recovering weapons.
“During the encounter, troops recovered 1 Ak 47 rifle, 2 Ak 47 Magazines, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, 3 Rocket Propelled Grenade bombs, 4 Bomb Chargers, and Light Machine Gun Belt Links.
“The gallant troops are currently on the trail of some of the terrorists’ survivors who fled the scene of the encounter.” The statement said.
Meanwhile, thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have fled their tents following gun battle between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram insurgents in Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
Sources earlier reported that at least 10 persons were killed and dozens wounded in the crossfire on Monday night after the insurgents stormed Rann.
It would be recalled that several houses, including a military base and a United Nations hub, were razed by the militant group.
Tuesday witnessed an exodus of displaced persons from their homes to Cameroon border to take refuge, with thousands already in Gamboru-Ngala.
“It was a pathetic situation,” the source said.
“We have about 50,000 displaced persons living in the camp at Rann. They were helpless; thousands of them said it was better for them to leave Rann for Cameroon than to stay back in Rann and get killed.” one of the IDPs said.